(L-R) former Empress Michiko, former Emperor Akihito, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko wave to well-wishers for the New Year’s greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2023. (Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / POOL / AFP)

Japan emperor makes first public new year’s appearance since 2020

Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Monday made his first public New Year’s greetings since 2020, resuming an annual tradition with caution as the nation and the royal family gradually return to…

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Thai King commends Thai people’s spirit of unity in times of need

His Majesty the King says that kindness and caring for one another, as demonstrated by the Thai people, is a collective force which binds them together and serves as a…

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Opposition plans last censure debate against PM in early 2023

Opposition parties plan to grill Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other cabinet ministers in a debate early next year. Pheu Thai MP Tasanee Buranupakorn said on Saturday that the party…

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Thai domestic airlines to offer fare discounts after New Year

The Airlines Association of Thailand (AAT) has responded to the government’s call for air fare reductions by agreeing to launch promotional campaigns, offering domestic air fare discounts of up to…

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Pyrotechnics banned in entertainment venues during New Year celebrations

The use of pyros or special light effects in entertainment venues in Bangkok during the New Year celebrations are banned and organisers of outdoor countdown events can only use fireworks…

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Pheu Thai Party cancels political activities in Samut Sakhon this Sunday

The opposition Pheu Thai Party has cancelled its political activities in Samut Sakhon Province this Sunday, which they will resume in the New Year, according to a statement on the…

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Thailand’s health minister disagrees with plan to reopen pubs on January 16

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has indicated that the reopening of pubs and bars, scheduled for January 16th, may have to be postponed indefinitely as, in several provinces, they…

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Thailand’s New Year road carnage claims 85 deaths and injures 786 in 2 days

Forty-four people died and 426 others were injured in 422 road accidents across the country on the second day of the long New Year long holidays. Total casualties for Wednesday…

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) cross a river in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. STR / AFP

New UN Myanmar envoy says ‘deeply concerned’ by escalating violence

The new United Nations special envoy to Myanmar on Monday said she was “deeply concerned” by escalating violence in the country and called for a new year ceasefire between the…

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Thai hospitals prepare for COVID outbreaks during New Year mass exodus from cities

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has instructed all hospitals nationally to prepare staff and equipment, including isolation facilities, to cope with the mass movement of people back to…

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People wearing protective face masks walk at Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), on the day before coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health passes, known as Green Passes, become mandatory on public transport, in Rome, Italy December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy bans New Year events as COVID infections surge

ROME (Reuters) – Italy has tightened restrictions to curb surging COVID-19 infections, including banning all public New Year‘s Eve celebrations, as daily infections hit a record high, the government said on Thursday. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said mask…

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New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Bangkok city hall cancels its New Year countdown event, prayer ceremonies

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel the official New Year countdown event and prayer ceremony planned to be held at its Lan Khon Meaung town square and…

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Fireworks erupt over downtown Bangkok during New Year’s celebrations on January 1, 2020. – Some 100 000 people gathered to welcome the new decade. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Most Thais worried about Omicron during festive period, safety tips offered for celebrations

The Department of Health today (Wednesday) disclosed the result of an opinion survey, conducted by the department between December 1st and 20th, which shows 80% of the respondents are worried…

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No leave – 80,000 police officers to be on duty in Bangkok over New Year

The Royal Thai Police has ordered 80,000 police officers to not take leave during the New Year holiday period between Christmas Day on 25th December and January 4th, to facilitate…

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Thailand’s Maya Bay to reopen on New Year’s Day with restrictions

Picturesque Maya Bay in Thailand’s southern province of Krabi will reopen to visitors on New Year’s Day, 2022, but with strict conditions attached, including no swimming in the bay and…

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A motorcyclist rides past a floral design marking the arrival of the Thai new year 2564 in Bangkok on December 31, 2020. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thailand announces new measures for foreign arrivals, New Year countdown details

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced a list of provinces where New Year countdown events will be allowed, has set limits on the number of attendees and…

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Bangkok City Hall expects to vaccinate 100% of capital’s residents this year

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expects to have fully vaccinated the city’s population by New Year, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Tuesday). So far, the BMA’s data shows 8,734,534…

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Thailand’s idyllic Maya Bay to reopen on January 1

The popular Maya Bay will reopen on New Year’s Day 2022, following a closure of three and a half years, but tourists will only be allowed to visit for up…

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Tourism minister hopes New Year appearances of world famous artists in Thailand will inspire the young and the disabled

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says that he is also looking at the non-financial benefits of the planned appearances of two world famous artists, Thai-born pop artist Lalisa…

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฿200 m fee for appearances of world-class artists Lisa, Bocelli at New Year for worth spending – ATTA

The 200-million-baht price tag for the appearances of Thai-born rapper Lalisa Manoban, commonly known as “Lisa”, of South Korea’s girl group “BLACKPINK” and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, at the…

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